Chapter 8. Testing Children and Adolescents

  1. Justine Burley and
  2. John Harris
  1. Dorothy Wertz

Published Online: 21 JAN 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470756423.ch8

A Companion to Genethics

A Companion to Genethics

How to Cite

Wertz, D. (2004) Testing Children and Adolescents, in A Companion to Genethics (eds J. Burley and J. Harris), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470756423.ch8

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 JAN 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631206989

Online ISBN: 9780470756423



  • adolescents;
  • oedipus rex;
  • sophocles;
  • hemophilia;
  • presymptomatic testing


The prelims comprise:

  • Introduction

  • Why is Testing Children a Moral Problem?

  • A 37-Nation Survey of Ethical Views

  • A Clash of Autonomies: Parent and Child

  • Survey Results

  • When is a Child or Adolescent Ready to Know?

  • Newborn Screening: The “Genetic Report Card”

  • Prenatal Tests for Adult-onset Disorders

  • Commercialization

  • Conclusion

  • Acknowledgments